Sacramento Running Association Staff
Executive Director – Email
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Sport Development Director and Media Relations Coordinator – Email
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ALYSSA ALIMENA HERNANDEZ
Community Relations and Marketing Director – Email
Race Operations Manager and Training and Education Coordinator
The Sacramento Running Association Board of Directors
Denis is an attorney who recently retired after a long career as a supervising attorney in the Sacramento County Counsel’s Office. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Sacramento Running Association where he is a long-term board member and currently serving his third term as president. He is a trustee of the Western States Endurance Run Foundation and currently serves as vice-president. Denis is also president of the Sacred Heart School Foundation. He ran his first marathon, CIM, in 1983 and is a “streaker” having run every CIM since 1983. He has run approximately 150 marathons and ultramarathons and has run every Way Too Cool 50K (formerly Cool Canyon Crawl) and has completed two Western States 100-Mile Endurance Runs.
Clark joined the board in 2017. When he isn’t trying to attract companies to locate in Sacramento County, he is chasing one of his four sons or running on the nation’s best running trails. Clark has ran CIM six times including twice as the 3:30 Pace team leader. After running his first CIM in 2002, he ran his first ultra in 2004, and is a two-time Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run finisher.
STEVE POLANSKY, M.D.
Steve, an OB/GYN physician and Chief of Staff at Mercy San Juan Hospital, has served as the board’s president previously for four years and has been a board member since 1984. He has finished all 33 CIMs. Steve has run at least one marathon a year for the last 36 years. He has completed a total of 70 marathons and the Gold Rush 50 K on his 70th birthday taking first place in his division of one deep! Steve hiked the entire 160-mile Tahoe Rim Trail for his 60th birthday to raise money for the Sacramento Eating Disorders and Outreach Program. He also hiked part of the John Muir Trail, raising money for Shriners Hospital. Steve also climbed Mt. Shasta for the Breast Cancer Fund and has climbed Mt. Mera in Nepal and Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina. He thanks John Mansoor, Ellen Moore and Scott Abbott who as our executive directors over the 34 years have kept a steady ship and made a great race even greater.
Muffet, a retired elementary school teacher, has participated with her students and her two daughters in CIM’s Youth Fitness Program since 1991. Many of her young runners achieved a cumulative 100-mile mark during the school year and have gone on to run competitively in junior high school, high school, college, and as adults. Her daughters, now with families of their own, have become serious runners in their own right. She has run several CIMs, the Boston and Napa Valley Marathons, the Way Too Cool 50K and the American River 50 miler. Muffet is also a swimmer, avid birder, hiker, and nature enthusiast. Her goal is to promote life-long fitness trough running and making healthy choices.
Deirdre joined the board in 2002. She’s an avid marathoner, ultra-runner and Ironman triathlete. Deirdre is an Emmy Award winning weekday morning anchor for KCRA-TV and has covered the last 9 Olympic Games. She has two sons who keep her running 24/7. Follow Deirdre on Twitter or Facebook.
Tamara joined the board in 2015. An avid runner since high school, Tamara ran cross-country in college at UC Santa Cruz where she served as team captain and qualified for the NCAA DIII National Championships in 2006. Tamara is on the Arete Women’s Running Club in Sacramento and enjoys running marathons – especially CIM! She founded Torlakson Events where she specializes in designing and producing high-impact events that help clients advance their communications goals, enhance their brands, and expand their networks. Her clients include Special Olympics and The James Irvine Foundation.
Julia joined the SRA board in 2017. She first started running in 2000 after a friend asked her to tag along for the Bay to Breakers 12k. She quickly found her passion for running and began training for her first marathon, CIM, in 2000 and has completed 14 marathons since. Julia was born and raised in Carmichael, and presently works as an attorney for the State of California. When not spending time with her husband and her two boys, you can find her baking, drinking coffee and running in the early morning hours throughout the Sacramento region with her friends and her dog, Steve.
Michelle joined the SRA board in 2017 and has been an avid runner since she was a teenager. After running cross country and track in high school and college she desired a new running challenge – marathons. Following in her father’s footsteps (and training plan), Michelle ran and completed her first CIM in 2014. Since then she has completed numerous marathons including the Boston Marathon. Professionally, Michelle has a distinguished background in media relations, public affairs, political campaigns, and public service. Michelle is also a proud graduate of UCLA.
Ken joined the board in 2017. He is former miler and cross country runner in high school and at Syracuse University. Ken held the New Jersey high school state track and field age group record in the mile for several years but no longer runs due to a knee replacement. He has been an aid station and fluid station volunteer for CIM for 20 years. Ken is the owner of Ken Smalley Insurance Agency.
Leigh, a runner for many years, has run 13 marathons and one ultra (Way Too Cool 50K). She is very excited to have completed all five of the “World Major Marathons”: Boston, New York, Paris, Chicago, London, and in September 2010, Berlin. She has run the CIM twice. She is a former board member of the Buffalo Chips Running Club and ran three marathons with Team in Training raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. She is a member of the National Ski Patrol, and loves running, hiking and traveling with her husband Bill. She can also be found running around Sacramento selling homes as a long-time Realtor with Dunnigan Realtors.
Board Members Emeritus
LARRY LIEB, M.D.
CYNCI CALVIN, SRA/CIM Historian